APhA Board of Trustees - Officer & Trustee Biographies

2017-2018 APhA Officers
Nancy A. Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, President

Nancy A. Alvarez is Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Development for the Chapman University School of Pharmacy.  Prior to taking this position, she served as Senior Director of Medical Information at Endo Pharmaceuticals. Prior to her current term as APhA Trustee, she was an APhA Trustee and served on the Board's Executive, Performance Improvement and Strategic Directions Committees. She served as APhA Policy Committee Chair, New Practitioner and APhA-APPM Community/Ambulatory section officer, and as an APhA-ASP National Executive Committee Member at Large. She was Phi Lambda Sigma National President, PTCB Certification Council Chair and inaugural member and Phi Delta Chi Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs. Alvarez is a Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute (PLEI) Board member. She received Arizona's Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award and Employee Pharmacist of the Year Award, PLEI Prescott Leadership Award, APhA Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award and APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Administrative Practice. She was recognized with the Jack R. Cole PhD Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and is an APhA Fellow. She has more than 13 years practicing within community and hospice pharmacy practice.

Nicki Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, President-elect

Nicki L. Hilliard is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy. Hilliard has pharmacy practice experience in community (independent and chain) pharmacy and free medical clinics, but has focused most of her career to be an innovative educator of nuclear pharmacy practice and management. She has expertise in interprofessional education, online learning and educa¬tional technology. Hilliard is a former APhA-APPM President and APhA Trustee, serving on the APhA Governmental Affairs, Strategic Planning and Policy Standing Committees. She served on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and is the current Chair of the Pharmacy Provider Status Task Force and the Government Affairs Committee for the Arkansas Pharmacists Association. She received her BSPharm and PharmD from UAMS College of Pharmacy and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has been recognized with the APhA William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice, APhA Award of Merit, APhA Fellow, Bowl of Hygeia and the APhA Good Government Pharmacist of the Year.

Jean-Venable "Kelly" R. Goode, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP, Immediate Past President

Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode is Professor and Director of the community pharmacy residency program at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy. Goode has pharmacy practice experiences in hospital, long-term care, and ambulatory care settings, but has focused most of her career on developing and implementing innovative patient care services in community pharmacy practice. She worked with Ukrop’s Pharmacy (now Martin’s Pharmacy) for 10 years and continues as a consultant. Goode currently practices in a federally-qualified health care center for the homeless. She is an author and speaker on topics including immunizations, practice-based research, medication therapy management, diabetes, asthma, and innovative community pharmacy practice. Goode is a former APhA-APPM President and is a member of the APhA Board of Trustees. She received her BS degree from Virginia Tech and BS and PharmD degrees from VCU. Goode has received the APhA Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, inaugural NACDS Foundation Community Pharmacy Faculty Award, APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award, VCU Distinguished Service Award, APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice, and Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Practice Innovation Award.


Tery Baskin, PharmD, FAPhA, Treasurer

Tery Baskin is President and CEO of RxResults in Little Rock, Ark., a company he founded that provides an evidence-based medicine model for managing prescription benefits for large self-funded employers, health plans and trust funds. Prior to this position, he was with National Medical Health Card Systems (NMHC) where, through his positions first as COO and then as CMO, he managed and achieved an 800% growth increase in covered lives in seven years. Previously, he served as President of Pharmacy Associates, Director of the Arkansas Pharmacists Services Company, and owned several community pharmacies in the Little Rock area. Baskin is a Fellow of APhA and was honored with Arkansas Pharmacist of the Year by the Arkansas Pharmacists Association and Preceptor of the Year by the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy. He has served as President and on the Board of Directors for the APhA Foundation. He also served APhA as a member of the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates. Baskin served as Chairman and on the Board of Directors of the PACE Alliance. He also served as President, Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association. Baskin earned a BS in Biology from Arkansas Tech University and his BSPharm and PharmD from the University of Arkansas.


Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA, Executive Vice President, CEO

Thomas E. Menighan is executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy (BSPharm) in 1974 from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and master of business administration (MBA) in 1990 from Averett College. In 2011, he received an honorary doctor of science (ScD) degree from West Virginia University and he was awarded a ScD by the University of Charleston (West Virginia) in 2010. Prior to his current leadership roles at APhA, Menighan was founder and president of SynTegra Solutions, Inc., in Germantown, Maryland. The company provides supply chain and chargeback auditing and consulting in risk management, 340B systems, anti-counterfeiting, and the technology of medication information. Menighan also founded SymRx, Inc., and developed CornerDrugstore.com. Throughout his career, Menighan has served volunteer roles within the profession of pharmacy, including president of APhA from 2001 to 2002 and a member of the APhA Board of Trustees between 1995 and 2003. He was a senior staff member of APhA from 1987 to 1992. While on staff as senior director of external affairs, he managed state affairs, public relations, new business development, and practice management issues. His other professional experiences include management of the PharMark Corporation, creator of RationalMed, and licensor of systems for states to conduct drug utilization review for millions of state Medicaid enrollees. Menighan also founded and was a 20-year Medicine Shoppe owner in Huntington, West Virginia, and he is a current partner in Pharmacy Associates, Inc., a multi-state specialty pharmacy that today serves patients in much of the United States.

Philip P. Burgess, RPh, DPh, MBA, Honorary President

Philip P. Burgess currently holds numerous leadership positions within the pharmacy community. He has been the President of the Community Pharmacy Foundation since its inception in 2002, on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and serving his 14th year on the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy (5 terms as Chairman). After 40 years at Walgreens holding numerous corporate management positions including National Director of Pharmacy Operations and National Director of Pharmacy Affairs, he founded Philip Burgess Consulting in 2009. His company is primarily focused on assisting in regulatory changes that maximize the use of technology to improve patient care. Past activities include serving as APhA’s representative on the HIT Advisory Board, the Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology Collaborative, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. His various honors include the NACDS Harold Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award and the Operation PUSH Unity Partner Award. His pharmacy degree is from the University of Tennessee and received his MBA from the University of Chicago

2017-2018 APhA Trustees
Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, Trustee

Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, is President and Founder of Clinical Pharmacology Services, an ambulatory care practice model located in Tampa, FL. He is on faculty with the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. He is currently working as a fellow with the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the health care reform team specializing in Medication Safety and Medication Therapy Management initiatives. He received the APhA Fellowship status in 2014 and has completed a three-year term as an APhA Board of Trustee in 2014 and is seeking reelection. His pharmacy experience includes ambulatory care, drug information, hospital, managed care, clinical research, health information technology, and forensic pharmacology and toxicology. Buffington is active in several local, state, and national pharmacy and medical organizations. He has previously served as President of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) and the American Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is an active member of the Florida Pharmacy Association. He is serving on the national APhA Pharmacy Collaborative. He serves as the pharmacist representative on the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Panel, the national medical billing coding panel. He received his PharmD and MBA degrees from Mercer University and completed a residency and clinical pharmacology fellowship at Emory University. Buffington has also received the APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award, APhA Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Award of Excellence and FSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Dennis K. Helling, PharmD, ScD (Hon), FCCP, FASHP, FAPhA, Trustee

Dennis K. Helling is Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and the Former Executive Director of Pharmacy Operations and Therapeutics, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region, where he oversaw more than 800 employees at 29 pharmacies and influenced the expansion of pharmacists’ roles and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services. His practice emphasis and research have been focused on documenting the impact pharmacists have on improving patient and economic outcomes. Helling is Past President of American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the APhA Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Argus Commission and represented the profession on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Clinical Care Improvement Advisory Committee. He received his BSPharm from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2013 Remington Honor Medal, the APhA-APPM Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, two Pinnacle Awards from the APhA Foundation’s Quality Center, the Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Colorado Pharmacists Society, the ACCP Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center Sabin Award for Exceptional Leadership and Vision.  Helling is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Denver Hospice.

Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, Trustee

Sandra Leal is the Vice President for Innovation at SinfoniaRx, a provider of medication therapy management services nationally. Dr. Leal is working to establish integrated clinical pharmacy services in a variety of programs including a hospital discharge program, integrated behavioral health clinics, accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes. She is utilizing tele-health and other strategies to scale resources to communities, clinicians, and patients. Dr. Leal received her PharmD from the University of Colorado and her MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Leal completed her residency at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship with the Department of Health and Human Services. Her work has been published in Diabetes Care, Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, American Journal for Health-System Pharmacy and a discussion paper published by the Institute of Medicine entitled, “Patients and Health Care Teams Forging Effective Partnerships”. Dr. Leal currently serves as vice chair for the National Center for Farmworker Health and as current member and past chair of the Arizona Department of Health Diabetes Leadership Council. Her programs are a two-time recipient of the APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award, an ASHP Best Practice Award in Health-System Pharmacy and the NACHC Innovative Research in Primary Care Award.

Linda Garrelts MacLean, BSPharm, RPh, Trustee

Linda Garrelts MacLean serves as Associate Dean and Clinical Professor for the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy. She teaches Pharmacy Management, Entrepreneurial Pharmacy, and Practical Politics and Pharmacy. She has particular interest in new and evolving practice models for community pharmacy and community pharmacy residency programs. MacLean is a Past President of the Washington State Pharmacists Association (WSPA) and current member of the Community Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors. MacLean has provided numerous continuing education sessions on topics such as immunizations, diabetes and community practice and has been involved as coach and mentor for 12 student pharmacist teams for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) National Business Plan Competition, including two first place teams. She was named as one of the nation’s “Fifty Most Influential Pharmacists” in 1999 and was recognized by NCPA as the National Preceptor of the Year and the Faculty Liaison of the Year. In 2009, she received the Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching from WSU, and in 2011, she received the WSPA Distinguished Leadership Award. MacLean received her BSPharm from WSU.

Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, CGP, BCPS, FAPhA, Trustee

Randy McDonough, BS, PharmD, MS, CGP, BCPS, FAPhA is Co-owner of Towncrest and Towncrest Compounding Pharmacies in Iowa City and Solon Towncrest Pharmacy in Solon, IA. Recently, he and his business partner started Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, a consulting and clinical documentation software company. Dr. McDonough is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing clinical services, managing staff, and marketing the business. He has helped to foster collaborative working relationships with several solo and group physician practices in areas such as immunizations, anticoagulation, disease state management, and medication therapy management services. He also helped to develop and implement health screening and case management programs for private pay patients and self-insured employers. He was instrumental in implementing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services for the Iowa Medicaid Pharmaceutical Case Management Program. He provides MTM services for Iowa Medicaid, Medicare Part D and private pay patients. Dr. McDonough has been committed to the education of community pharmacy residents through the training and/or supervision of over twenty post-graduates. Towncrest Pharmacy is a current community pharmacy residency site. Dr. McDonough received his BS, MS, and PharmD degrees from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, where he is adjunct professor (clinical). He is frequently asked to speak on topics related to practice development and implementation. He has published articles and book chapters about pharmaceutical care and co-authored a book on this same topic. He currently writes the monthly MTM Pearls column for Pharmacy Today. He is a member of APhA, NCPA, ACCP, ASCP, and the Iowa Pharmacy Association.


Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, Trustee and APhA-APRS President

Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Adjunct appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Disease Unit of the Department of Medicine and the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. After almost 10 years of hospital pharmacy experience, completion of a PharmD degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and a post-doc Fellowship in Antiretroviral Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics at the University at Buffalo, he began an academic career which evolved from a faculty appointment at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo to an administrative and leadership role as the Director of Experiential Education at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St John Fisher College. After contributing to the development and operation of a new Experiential Education program, he was appointed the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


E. Michael Murphy, Trustee and APhA-ASP President

E. Michael Murphy is the current American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists National President. Representing student pharmacists from across the country he will uphold the mission of APhA-ASP to ensure the advancement of pharmacy and patient care. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Michael attended Hilliard Davidson High School and then headed down the street to complete his undergraduate degree and attend pharmacy school at The Ohio State University. Outside of his past involvement in APhA-ASP, where he served as a chapter leader and Regional Delegate, he has been active in Phi Lambda Sigma and the advocacy efforts of the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Michael is a pharmacy intern at The James Comprehensive Cancer Center & Solove Research Institute and upon graduation plans to complete a residency training program within a clinical setting. Throughout his term as National President, Michael will ensure that APhA-ASP is directed toward enhancing opportunities for its members to grow professionally and provide care for their communities. During this exciting time in the profession he is confident that the collective voice of APhA-ASP will make a difference in pharmacy and patient care.


Michael Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, Trustee and Speaker of the House

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP is professor and chair of the department of pharmacy practice at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Birmingham, Alabama.  Michael is a recognized expert in the area of vaccines and immunization practice, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.  He had the distinct honor and privilege to complete APhA’s executive residency in association management when it was co-sponsored by NCSPAE (now NASPA), and he completed his state pharmacy association rotation with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.   Michael is no stranger to the policy process.  He has served as president of both APhA-ASP and APhA-APPM, and served as the respective policy committee chair or co-chair three times.  He has served as a delegate to the APhA House of Delegates 22 of the past 24 years, and has been the author of several items which were eventually adopted as APhA policy.  He has served in the past as speaker of the Alabama Pharmacy Association House of Delegates, and has served as APA’s HOD parliamentarian since 2010.  He has led or served on numerous policy-related task forces and work groups within APhA and APA, including service on two influential profession-wide consensus groups – the Pharmacy Services Technical Advisory Committee (PSTAC) which developed MTM CPT Codes, and the MTM Definition Consensus Conference group, which developed the profession-wide definition for MTM which is broadly accepted today.  At the state level, he has worked closely with legislative leadership to gain bi-partisan support for collaborative practice authority for pharmacists.  Michael is a thought-leader and educator in the area of vaccines and immunization practice, having devoted his 20 years of practice to improving public health through immunizations.  In addition, Michael has a heart for community service. He currently serves as an elder in his local church, and as member of the school board for the Gardendale (Alabama) City Schools. He is married to a pharmacist and APhA Member, Dr. Heather Hogue, and has two daughters ages 16 and 13.

Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, Trustee and APhA-APPM President

Sarah Ray is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy (CUWSOP), where she coordinates a semester-long course in the Applied Patient Care lab series, precepts an academic APPE, co-precepts a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident, co-precepts an ambulatory care APPE, and teaches in the pharmacogenomics and ambulatory care electives. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist at Milwaukee Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Prior to joining CUWSOP, Ray was the Ambulatory Clinical Coordinator at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, where she served as the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Director. She is a graduate of Creighton University and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Aurora Health Care. Her past service to APhA includes a term as Member-at-large of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Executive Committee, where she chaired the Education Standing Committee. She also previously chaired the APhA-APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section and the Community Pharmacy Residency Program Advisory Panel. She is the anticoagulation section editor for the APhA DrugInfoLine. Ray is a member of several organizations, including the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and the Greater Milwaukee College of Clinical Pharmacy, where she was a founding member and currently serves as President.

Dan Zlott, PharmD, BCOP, Trustee

Daniel Zlott, PharmD, BCOP, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco, and completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency there before moving to the NIH, where he completed his PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency. Dan has been highly active within APhA since he was a student, having served in a number of positions within APhA-ASP, including National President. He has previously served on the APhA Board of Trustees, and currently serves as a Member-at-large for the APhA-APPM Executive Committee. Dan has also served on a number of APhA Committees, including the Strategic Directions Committee, Chair of the Policy Review Committee, and most recently as a member of the House Rules Review Committee. In addition to his work with APhA, Dan has also held several committee positions with the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. Dan is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist working with the National Cancer Institute’s Surgery, Endocrine Oncology, and Thoracic/GI Malignancy Branches at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is the Director of the NIH PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program and is also a clinical investigator on 35 NCI-sponsored clinical trials, examining new and innovative ways to treat cancer. His passion is educating student pharmacists and residents. Dan’s major goals are to increase awareness of oncology across the pharmacy profession and to contribute, in some small way, to the incredible work that continues to advance the profession of pharmacy.

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